The Buffalo Bills are set to face off against the Miami Dolphins in just around 90 minutes. For the winner, a home playoff game and an AFC East Division title awaits. For the loser, a road playoff game during NFL Super Wild Card Weekend is their destiny for next week.
Buffalo is about as healthy as they’ve been all season entering this one, as the midseason rash of injuries has basically stabilized of late. The same can't be said for Miami, who will be missing a few key players for tonight’s key contest.
Which Bills are in and which ones are out this week? Here is the full list.
RB Latavius Murray
The veteran has had a nice season, but his production has dipped precipitously in the last few weeks, and with practice-squad running back Leonard Fournette’s elevation on Saturday, this was essentially a forgone conclusion. Murray has been a great pass protector on third downs, so it will be interesting to see how the Bills fill that role tonight.
T Alec Anderson
Another week, another healthy scratch for the young, versatile o-lineman. Ryan Van Demark remains the swing tackle.
DE Kingsley Jonathan
Just one week after veteran Von Miller was a healthy scratch, he’s back in the lineup against Miami. Jonathan, who flashed on a few plays last week, is a healthy scratch this week.
DT Linval Joseph
One veteran, Poona Ford, has played quite well of late, so the veteran Joseph is a healthy scratch for the second straight week. Even Tim Settle Jr., who has drawn criticism from me in the past, has shown up of late. With DaQuan Jones back, Joseph is a reasonable scratch thanks to their positional redundancy.
CB Kaiir Elam
The second-year man is a healthy scratch for the second-straight week after he was activated from Injured Reserve. With cornerbacks Rasul Douglas and Christian Benford playing well, and Dane Jackson doing a fine job on special teams, Elam is on the 53-man roster as an emergency player only at this point.
S Damar Hamlin
Hamlin, as he’s been for most of the season, is a healthy scratch. Taylor Rapp is the third safety, Cam Lewis is the special teams guy, and veterans Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer are set to start.
Here are the inactive players for Miami.